Staff Research Associate

Responsibilities

Under supervision of the Animal
Resources Manager, provide technical and para-veterinary services. Major duties include assisting in Breeding
Colony Management, and providing veterinary support services. Set up breeding pairs for Principal Investigators and
arrange timed pregnancies. Set up pans for breeding. Check for plugs, confirm pregnancy. Wean litters. Collect tail and other specimens for investigators. Assist Animal Health Technicians and veterinarians
with follow-up checks, treatments and procedures if needed. Update and maintain
inventory sheets/breeding logs. Perform euthanasia on animals using CO2
chambers. Collect and organize information regarding rodent medicine and surgery
at the request of the veterinarians. Xerox or scan scientific articles or
on-line information for rodent medicine library and place information in
appropriate folder in network drive as requested. Assist veterinarians with sample collection
and lab request forms as needed. Participate in GLP studies as needed.
Qualifications

Ability to communicate professionally and courteously on the
phone, in person and by e-mail to a variety of people.
Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively
communicate with faculty and staff that have varying degrees of veterinary
medical training. Ability to complete tasks in an orderly and timely fashion. Skill
in cleaning lab and autoclaving instruments. Ability to use or learn full
capability of word processing software, e-mail, spreadsheets, the internet and
other computer programs. Knowledge of medical terminology. Ability to work
accurately and with detail. Associate or Bachelor degree in related field. Ability
to work as part of a team. Ability to
recognize and describe signs of clinical disease or injury in laboratory mice
and rats. Ability to effectively handle and restrain rats and mice. Skill in writing clear and concise
correspondence. Knowledge of research
animal facility. Knowledge of rodent
anatomy. Ability to euthanize rats and
mice using CO2 chambers. Must be able to
follow the procedures for euthanasia including the use of the CO2 chamber, as
well as be able to ascertain that death has occurred. Knowledge of appropriate labeling and
disposal of the animals euthanized, including bio-hazardous animals. Knowledge
of and ability to accurately follow all SOPs associated with a GLP study,
including required study procedures and GLP documentation procedures. Knowledge of and the ability to apply the
concept of contamination control practices including engineering,
administrative, and procedural controls for the containment of pathogens, including disinfection, and waste handling
methods appropriate for work in bio-containment animal facilities up to BSL2
level with BSL3 practices.

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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